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From Old Irish scaílid (to scatter, disperse).


scaoil (present analytic scaoileann, future analytic scaoilfidh, verbal noun scaoileadh, past participle scaoilte)

  1. to loose, loosen, release, discharge
    1. to undo, untie, unfasten
    2. to slacken
    3. to let out, spread, unfurl
    4. to release, open
    5. (medicine) to loosen (the bowels)
  2. to let go, discharge
    1. to disband, disperse; to break loose
    2. to dissolve
    3. to resolve
    4. to remove, relieve
    5. to make known, reveal
    6. to give away, distribute
  3. to discharge, fire; to shoot


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Further readingEdit

  • scaílid” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • "scaoil" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “scaoil” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “scaoil” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.